The Ice Giants, Uranus and Neptune, are the least explored class of planets in our Solar System, having been visited only once by a passing spacecraft, Voyager 2. These distant Ice Giant Systems may be hiding secrets that could reveal the origins of our Solar System, and are our nearest and best representatives of a type of planet that is commonplace in our universe.
In January 2020, Planetary Scientists from around the world will meet at London’s prestigious Royal Society for a three-day workshop on the future exploration of the Uranus and Neptune systems. We will aim to shape the key scientific questions that will drive mission planning in the coming decade, aiming to make use of ideal launch opportunities around 2030.
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The first two days (January 20th-21st 2020) of the Ice Giant workshop will take place at the prestigious London home of the Royal Society, in their Wellcome Trust lecture theatre. Advance registration is essential via this link.
Instructions for reaching the Royal Society are available here.
The third day (January 22nd 2020) of the workshop will feature Splinter Sessions hosted at the Learned Institutions of Burlington House (Royal Astronomical Society, Royal Geological Society, and the Linnean Society). Details on abstract submission and splinter-meeting registration are available below.
The Royal Society and Burlington House are separated by a 12-minute walk via St. James’s Square Gardens.
The Ice Giant Systems workshop will be consist of four distinct components:
Invited Reviews: Talks at the Royal Society (Monday and Tuesday, January 20th-21st) covering Ice Giant System science (origins, interiors, atmospheres, magnetospheres, satellites, rings), the connections to Exoplanetary science and heliophysics, and potential mission concepts and technologies to enable our future robotic explorers.
Contributed posters: A dedicated session at the Royal Society on Monday January 20th, showcasing the latest research. Abstracts submitted to this session will be available to plenary speakers for their invited reviews.
Splinter Sessions: Contributed oral presentations for Splinter Sessions on Wednesday January 22nd in three themes: Ice Giant Atmospheres, Origins and Interiors; Ice Giant Magnetospheres and Auroras; Ice Giant Rings and Satellites. Splinter Sessions will occur at Burlington House (Royal Astronomical Society, Royal Geological Society, and the Linnean Society).
Review Papers: Outcomes of plenary sessions, poster sessions, and splinter meetings will be summarised by our invited speakers in a dedicated special issue of the prestigious Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.
Registration for the Royal Society plenary sessions (January 20th and 21st 2020) and the Splinter Workshops (January 22nd 2020) are now open.
Plenary Registration: The two-day plenary sessions are free to attend, but advance registration is essential via this link.
Splinter Registration: Registration for the splinter workshops on January 22nd at Burlington House is via a separate process using this link - a £55 fee will be charged to cover the costs of venue hire and catering (refreshments and lunch will be provided). Closing deadline for registration is 12:00 GMT (noon) on Tuesday December 10th 2019.
Abstract Submission: We invite contributed abstracts from the scientific community for both a poster session (Monday 20th, evening) and/or the splinter workshops on Wednesday 22nd. Please download this form and follow the instructions carefully. This allows you to state your preferred presentation (oral or poster), your preferred splinter workshop, provide a 200-word plain text abstract, and (optionally) figures with extended captions and links for further reading. Once complete, please send the completed form to email@example.com before 12:00 GMT on Tuesday December 10th 2019 (and remember to register for BOTH the plenaries and the splinters).
Along with advice and guidance from Diego Turrini, Laurent Lamy, David Atkinson, Pontus Brandt, Olivier Witasse, Olivier Mousis, and Abigail Rymer.